Relinquishing a driver’s licence

This paper reports on the findings of a qualitative research project into older people’s experiences of relinquishing or contemplating relinquishing a driver’s licence. The project ‘Being Safe, Mobile and Older’ was conducted in urban, rural and remote rural communities in South Australia. A total of 64 people aged 65 and over participated in either focus group discussions or in-depth interviews. The data analysis techniques used in this project draw on insights from post-structuralist theory. People’s responses to ceasing to drive ranged from ‘don’t care’ or relief through to despair. Not surprisingly, these responses were closely linked to the way people identified as particular types of travellers (eg. public transport users, motorists), the performance of their journeys, and the meanings they attached to their journeys. Although this paper flags these broader issues of identity, performance, and meaning it focuses upon the diversity of people’s responses to relinquishing a licence. We believe that keeping this diversity of responses ‘out in the open’ is both affirming for older people and can assist transport policy makers and planners in developing a variety of responses to the mobility of older citizens.


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  • Pagination: 20p
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    • Volume: 27

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  • Accession Number: 01388917
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1920927123
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 2:30AM